Tuesday, April 14, 2020

In the News: "at-times chaotic coronavirus pandemic response"; fire destroys house in Franklin

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"After the nation’s top disease response agency posted orders keeping cruise ships docked last Wednesday night, extending the ban through August, the White House Coronavirus Task Force stepped in to cut it by 20 days.

When the no-sail order reappeared on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website hours later, its language had been softened: Ships can sail again in July, and an explicit warning that they could be docked even longer had been deleted, according to emails and internal documents obtained by USA TODAY.

“Sorry to do this, but the Office of the Vice President has instructed us to pull the No Sail Order Extension from the website immediately,” a CDC senior official wrote to staff just after 7 a.m. Thursday, the morning after the notice had been posted.

The 11th-hour interference is another example of the administration’s at-times chaotic coronavirus pandemic response and a misguided decision to allow the cruise lines to police themselves during a national health crisis, critics said."
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"No one was injured in a fire at 84 Populatic St. on Saturday night, but the house was destroyed, said Fire Captain Chuck Allen.
At around 10 p.m. Saturday, the fire department received a call that they saw smoke coming from the second story, Allen said. 
When firefighters arrived, the family was waiting outside. Flames had engulfed both the first and second stories of the home, Allen said, and it took two hours to completely extinguish the fire.
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